Google has made an announcement about Bard, revealing the addition of new features and the inclusion of 40 additional languages including Swahili.
Notably, Swahili becomes the first African language to be supported by this service. Google is also expanding its conversational AI service to cover 59 new countries and territories.
This expansion follows the earlier move in May 2023 when Google extended Bard’s availability to over 180 countries and territories, introducing Korean and Japanese language support alongside US English.
Users can now access Bard in their preferred language, benefiting from text-to-speech support for eight different languages, such as Swahili, Chinese, German, Spanish, Arabic, Hindi, and Spanish.
Among the new features is the “Listen to Responses” functionality, which allows users to easily comprehend a script or obtain accurate pronunciation with a simple click on the sound icon.
Previously, Bard exclusively relied on images from Google Search in English to assist users with visual responses. They could make direct requests for images through Bard and provide a source for each image.
Now, Google is integrating Google Lens into Bard, starting with English, enabling users to upload images along with text. Users can now stimulate their imagination and creativity by submitting pictures to Bard and provide prompts for their desired outcomes.
Additionally, users have the flexibility to modify the tone and style of Bard’s responses by selecting from five distinct options: simple, long, short, professional, or casual. This allows for a customized interaction that suits specific requirements. Initially available in English, Google has plans to extend this feature to additional languages.
Users now have the ability to pin and rename their Bard conversations, simplifying the process of referencing discussions that contain important details or concepts. They can also collaborate on projects or seek feedback from friends by sharing responses through shareable links.
Furthermore, users can now export Python code to Replit, in addition to Google Colab, using the “export code to more places” feature. This facilitates the sharing of code with others or its utilization in other projects.
Moreover, in June 2023, Google introduced a feature that detects computational prompts and executes code in the background, significantly enhancing Bard’s performance for mathematical tasks, coding questions, and string manipulation.
By Elijah Christopher